OPM: Assistance heading to Dominica tonight

The Office of the Prime Minister says that during the course of today coordination has been taking place between the various agencies tasked to provide assistance to Dominica.

These agencies include the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministries of National Security, Foreign and Caricom Affairs, the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, the National Helicopters Services Limited (NHSL), the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), Caribbean Airlines and the  Immigration Department.

Deadly 7.1 earthquake rocks Mexico City, flattens buildings

A powerful 7.1 magnitude quake has rocked Mexico City and left buildings flattened and people trapped.

Mexcian media reports say that at least 42 people are dead.

Shocking images show buildings collapsing and some exploding into huge fireballs as rooms violently sway.

Pictures show trapped locals being pulled from the rubble as people run around screaming franctically. 

A civil protection official has confirmed reports of fires in buildings, and that people are trapped.

T&T Defence Force vessel, helicopter being sent to Dominica

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago is mobilizing to send assistance to the Commonwealth of Dominica, a statement by the Office of the Prime Minister said.

The statement said that coordination is currently taking place under the leadership of the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs.

It is envisaged that as soon as it is safe, a National Helicopter Services Limited helicopter will be sent to Dominica with Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force personnel.

ANSA McAL group launches regional Hurricane Relief Initiative

The ANSA McAL Group has mobilised its workforce of over 5500 employees across subsidiaries throughout the Caribbean, including Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Guyana, Grenada and Jamaica, including ANSA McAL (US), to bring some measure of relief to our Caribbean brothers and sisters in need of support in rebuilding their lives and communities after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

PM: Hurricane Maria's devastation "mind-boggling"

Hurricane Maria roared over the small nation of Dominica late Monday as a monster Category 5 storm, causing “mind boggling” devastation, according to the country’s prime minister.

Maria, the second major storm of the month, slammed into Dominica with potentially catastrophic winds of nearly 260 km/h, ripping roofs off homes on the island of about 73,000 people.

“Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace,” Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit wrote in an emotional Facebook statement.

Hurricane Maria upgrades to dangerous Category 4

Hurricane Maria has intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale and is expected to strengthen further, the US National Hurricane Centre says.

Hurricane Maria is now about 55 kilometres northeast of Martinique, with maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometres per hour, the Miami-based weather forecaster said on Monday.

Hurricane Maria at Category 3 but expected to strengthen further

In what seems to be an endless procession of major hurricanes this summer, Hurricane Maria strengthened overnight to a Category 3 storm and is expected to strengthen further as it makes its way straight toward Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Maria’s winds are howling at a maximum speed of 120 mph, with even higher gusts.

It is expected to be a Category 4 hurricane by the time it makes landfall at Puerto Rico Wednesday morning.

CAL cancels 5 flights due to Hurricane Maria

Caribbean Airlines is advising that due to the closure of the George F.L. Charles International Airport, St. Lucia, and strong storm force winds in Barbados due to Hurricane Maria, the following flights for 18 September, 2017 are cancelled:

BW 434 Port of Spain to St. Lucia
BW 435 St. Lucia to Port of Spain
BW 412 Port of Spain to Barbados
BW 413 Barbados to Port of Spain
BW 459 Kingston to Antigua